"EuroLinux Provides a Public Forum and a Rich Knowledge
"On Thursday 19th October 2000, the European Commission
announced the opening of an official consultation on the economic
and social impact of software patents in Europe. In order to help
European Authorities to conduct an open consultation, the EuroLinux
Alliance of software publishers and non profit organisations debuts
a public forum and a rich knowledge base."
"The General Directorate for Internal Market has recognised
recently the potential negative impact of software patents on
innovation, their danger for small and medium enterprises and the
requirement for Europe to conduct in-depth researches on the
economic impact of software patents before changing European Patent
Law. Obviously, there is no economic consensus in Europe on this
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